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A new collaborative housing policy workgroup aimed at encouraging the building of more workforce housing in Bend has released an RFP for project support, and invites community members interested in the workgroup to take a short survey. 

Review the RFP for project management. 

Read the press release announcing the workgroup.

Take the survey, which offers both a chance to share your input on housing and request permission to participate in the project.  

The group seeks project management to coordinate a stakeholder team of about 25-30 organizations engaged in housing issues in Bend to achieve the following goals:

  1. Clearly define workforce housing needs in Bend at the roughly 80 to 175 percent of area median income level, and resource map inventory and housing support services provided in the region
  1. Organize stakeholders to work together to develop clear recommendations on tools and policies that encourage the building of workforce housing in Bend
  1. Organize stakeholders to work together to advocate for implementation of workgroup recommendations.

Workgroup steering committee members include:

  • Seth Anderson—American Institute of Architects Southwestern Oregon Chapter
  • Carolyn Eagan—City of Bend
  • Kim Gammond—Central Oregon Association of Realtors
  • Tom Kemper—Housing Works
  • Tim Knopp—COBA/State Senator District 27
  • Justin Livingston—City of Bend Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Erin Foote Morgan—Bend 2030
  • Kirk Schueler—Brooks Resources Corporation
  • Kelly Sparks—OSU-Cascades

Read the initial exploratory workgroup meeting report.

Read the notes from the first steering committee meeting.

Proposals are due Oct. 7 to erin@bend2030.org.

Bike laneThis Thursday night your testimony is needed to ensure Bend and Central Oregon receive important state funding to improve our transportation system.
Join neighbors and community leaders to tell a special state committee your concerns about Bend’s transportation system.JOINT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION PRESERVATION AND MODERNIZATION HEARING
5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Click here to download the TALKING POINTS FOR LEGISLATIVE HEARING document.
These talking points will help you testify about our transportation challenges:
  • Growth and congestion
  • Infrastructure maintenance
  • OSU-Cascades
  • Transit
  • Safer multimodal travel
YOUR TESTIMONY IS IMPORTANT. 
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN ENSURE CENTRAL OREGON IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR STATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IN THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION. 

 

 

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Does our current city council governance structure give us the best leadership possible for addressing our complicated population, housing, transportation and livability issues?

Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon will partner to host two interactive public input forums on charter review on Sept. 20 and Nov. 1 at the Central Oregon Collective on Bend’s Eastside to help answer this important question.
The two forums, which offer different content and build on each other, will feature educational presentations from the League of Oregon Cities and regional expertsas well as public input opportunities on core charter review questions such as:

  • Do residents from all parts of Bend feel represented by the current method of electing councilors at-large?
  • Is it time for Bend’s mayor to be elected, or continue to be appointed by fellow councilors?
  • Do city councilors have the right support structure and pay in order to do their job?
  • Participants are encouraged to share any other charter review questions they have, as well.

Learn more about how the forums build on each other by reviewing our CHARTER REVIEW FORUM PROCESS OUTLINE here. 

Check out our agendas for the forums by clicking here! 

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND CHARTER REVIEW FORUM ONE ON SEPT. 20 

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND CHARTER REVIEW FORUM TWO ON NOV. 1

In keeping with Chamber of Commerce “What’s Brewing” events, City Club’s monthly luncheons on diverse topics, and Bend 2030’s public input projects, these two charter review forums are designed to help residents understand the pros and cons of charter review options and weigh in with their own thoughts.

Bend Chamber -LOGO-PRINT“The Bend Chamber believes a healthy community dialogue about the question of ‘What is the right governance structure to address challenges and identify opportunities for our community is important,” said Jamie Christman, executive vice president of community affairs for the Bend Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership with Bend 2030 and City Club on this educational series directly supports our mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.”

A report of the public input collected at the forums will be presented to the Bend City Council early next year along with recommendations from participants on how a formal charter review process might be best structured. Any charter review changes would require approval by vote of Bend residents. Ballot measures may be brought to voters by the city council directly, or through a public petition process.

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 12.02.09 PM“City Club believes in nonpartisan forums where people can rationally and calmly discuss important issues from a variety of viewpoints,” said Joey Drucker, executive director of City Club of Central Oregon. “With the current growth Bend is experiencing, now is a great time for citizens to intentionally shape our community. Our leaders are listening.” 

Bend’s form of government was established in 1929 with a city commission format—councilors are elected by the public, select a mayor from their own ranks and then together hire a manager to run the operations of the city.

The forums are free, and refreshments will be served at no cost.

EVENT DETAILS:

Charter Review Forum One

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

Central Oregon Collective

62070 27th Street, in Bend

 

Charter Review Forum Two

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

Central Oregon Collective

62070 27th Street, in Bend

Bike laneThe Bend Livability Project, a collaborative project of Bend 2030 and more than 30 community organizations, was instrumental in paving the way for Bend’s newest bike lane.

At the Future Fair, held June 3 as part of the four-day Livability Project launch weekend, a temporary bike lane was installed along Wall Street by Bend 2030, the City of Bend, Commute Options, Bend Bikes and other partners.

That protected bike lane has now become reality!

Check it out in this Bulletin story!

But this is just the beginning of Bend 2030’s transportation partnership work. We’re working with diverse stakeholders across Bend to create a new transportation coalition called Move Bend.

See the Move Bend charter here.

Learn more by contacting Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Morgan at erin@bend2030.org.

ConferenceThe Bend Livability Project held June 2-5, 2016, exceeded fundraising, partnership, volunteering and participation expectations earning more than $115,000 in cash and in-kind donations, involving more than 30 partner organizations and 130 volunteers, and educating, empowering and engaging an estimated 3,500 participants in shaping the future of our city.

The four-day event series, which was sponsored by Hayden Homes, the Bend Tech Ecosystem and about 30 other sponsors included a Bendfilm event at the Tower Theater, a massive celebration of our future at Art Walk, a full-day conference at COCC and a day of boots-on-the-ground action across Bend. The Project weekend will have a lasting impact in Bend through the creation of new art pieces, strengthened community partnerships, greater awareness of changes on the Bend horizon and how we can affect them, and through the creation of several new programs focused on transportation, housing, neighborhood livability, arts funding and charter review.

Among the new projects created by community members over the Bend Livability Project weekend are:

  • A mural designed by teens at Basecamp Studio and painted by community members at Art Walk
  • A second large mural depicting Bend’s future painted by Fontana Painting
  • A petition to encourage the City of Bend to alter the city’s sign code to allow for the High Desert Mural Festival to be held this October in the Makers District
  • A new literary project called Tiny Hey inviting youth to write a letter to the future about making Bend better
  • A movie created by BendFilm of Bend residents sharing their vision for the future that is expected to be shown at the BendFilm Festival this fall
  • The gathering of community input to be used for a special project at the Bend Design Conference this fall
  • A permanent kit of painting supplies, stencils and materials for creating temporary bike lanes and other bike and pedestrian safety projects
  • The creation of the Eastside Coalition focused on advocating for livability issues on Bend’s Eastside
  • The formation of a collaborative housing policy work group focused on supporting developers to create more workforce housing
  • The development of videos of 15 sessions at the Livability Conference that will soon become available for viewing online

“We have been overwhelmed by how deeply the Livability Project resonated with Bend residents who used the platform of these events to create the community projects they see as valuable for making Bend better,” said Erin Foote Morgan, executive director of Bend 2030, which organized the Project with a community steering committee.

Now the Livability Project and Bend 2030 will turn attention to engaging Bend residents in a slate of new initiatives focused on transportation, housing, neighborhood livability, arts funding and charter review that are launching with the momentum of the Project. To learn more about these new initiatives and to get involved go to bendlivability.org.

“The purpose of these new initiatives is to empower Bend residents of all backgrounds to understand that they have the ability to guide the outcomes of the challenges facing our city as we grow,” said Foote Morgan, “In every city, policy is influenced by those showing up with concrete ideas and a willingness to work together to accomplish goals. This Project is about providing the support for people to create and champion the solutions they believe we should be enacting to protect and enhance the livability of our city.”

Funding for Bend 2030 is provided by the generous support of Bend 2030 Leadership Alliance, including BendBroadband, Bend Park and Recreation District, Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Community College, the City of Bend, NorthWest Crossing, OSU-Cascades, St. Charles Health System, the Tykeson Family Foundation, and William Smith Properties.

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We’re so lucky to have Christin Hunter on our team as a liaison to businesses and organizations that care about the future livability of our community!

As a realtor with Windermere, a current member of Leadership Bend, and a key organizer of the annual CERF Conference, Christin knows this community inside and out and is committed to Bend’s livability.

Want to join Central Oregon Association of Realtors, the City of Bend, the Bend Chamber, Astir Agency and BBT Architects as a key sponsor of the Bend Livability Project?

Contact Christin today at christinhunter@windermere.com!

Comeau_Headshot_1-2Think transportation planning is boring? The next time you’re stuck in traffic at a local Bend intersection, think again.

We’re delighted to welcome Bellingham transportation planning guru Chris Comeau to the Bend Livability Project, where he’ll share his expertise on preparing our city for a future with 40 percent more residents by 2030.

To succeed at safely and successfully moving commerce and people through our community, we’ll have to think about our road, sidewalk, bike route and transit system differently. Come learn why Chris has been able to secure $27,000,000 in grant funding for the innovative transportation work he championed in Bellingham—a city very similar to Bend.

With more than 22 years of experience in land-use and transportation, Chris lead Bellingham to  evolve from a predominantly auto-oriented community to one of the most multimodel-oriented jurisdictions in the Northwest.

BLP-logoThe Bend Livability Project is a large-scale conference and ongoing civic engagement initiative designed to educate, empower and engage the Bend community to harness and shape the dramatic growth we will experience in the coming years.

With 30,000 more residents expected to live here by 2030, so much of our next chapter is unscripted—it’s up to us to define it together.

Partly a celebration of our character and partly a massive townhall meeting, the Bend Livability Project launch weekend on June 3-5 will drive diverse populations in Bend to learn about and participate in shaping Bend’s future through three days of lectures, panels, workshops, films, parties, public art projects, walking tours and events.

Bendites of all ages and backgrounds will be invited to make a personal commitment to ensuring the future livability of Bend and then have the chance to plug their energy directly into projects that will transform their hopes for the future into reality.

Registration for conference events begins in April.

PROJECT GOALS

EDUCATE

Teach residents about the forces most affecting the future of our city and the opportunities and challenges they present.

EMPOWER

Show Bendites what role and authority they have in proactively and constructively shaping our future.

ENGAGE

Plug residents into new and existing projects, strategy building-groups, and community organizations so they may directly influence outcomes for our city.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JUNE 2: BENDFILM EVENT AT THE TOWER THEATER

Join BendFilm for an exclusive local showing of films about urbanization and livability issues across the nation, plus a facilitated conversation about where Bend grows from here.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3: FUTURE FAIR AT ART WALK

Visit the Future Fair headquarters at St. Clair Place to see what Bend will likely look like in the future through futuristic images of our city. Then pick up your Bend Livability Project passport and head out to a dozen interactive stations where you will consider your own personal investment in the future of Bend by making and experiencing art throughout downtown and the Makers District.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4: BEND LIVABILITY CONFERENCE AT COCC

Register for a full day of meals, keynote speakers, workshops and discussion groups covering three tracks: Neighborhood Livability, Housing for All, and A Transportation System for the Future. Then attend a special City Club Forum on City Governance. Additional a la carte sessions will be offered to the public free of charge.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5: DAY OF ACTION ACROSS BEND

Engage in fun projects throughout the community such as creating design standards for your neighborhood or learning to build demonstration bike and pedestrian projects on your block. Do you have a community project in mind? Tell us and we’ll help you and your team recruit more Bendites to help.

For more information, contact Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Marlowe at 541-420-8603 or erinfootemarlowe@gmail.com.